Yesterday I reviewed a great book for teens with LGBT identified parents. It was Let’s Get the Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents by Tina Fakhrid-Deen with contributions by COLAGE (Children Of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere). That book addresses a ton of the issues, questions and concerns that primarily straight kids might have when the have a lesbian, gay or trans identified parent or parents. It’s geared primarily for the 12 and over crowd.
I’ve previously reviewed a couple of great books for the considerably younger than 12 set, including one titled,Mommy, Momma, and Me by LesLea Newman. For today, I’ve found another wonderful “story” book that runs along the same lines as Mommy, Momma, and Me. It’s, Oh The Things Mommies Do!: What Could Be Better Than Having Two? by author Crystal Tompkins and illustrator Lindsey Evans.
This is a 30 page wonder that will enthrall any young child whether he or she has lesbian parents or “straight” parents.
This book has garnered dozens of “big name” reviews but I think the one from After Ellen sums it up best:
Oh The Things Mommies Do!: What Could Be Better Than Having Two? captures two-mom families at work and play. The book is extremely colorful and engaging and its prose is straightforward and lyrical, showing a range of families that reflect the book s opening dedication: To mothers of all varieties, shapes, and sizes. The refrain of Oh the things mommies could do! What could be better than having two? follows images of mothers doing typical things like making breakfast, building blanket castles in the living room and conquering the flu. But the simplicity of the moments is part of what makes the story so enjoyable and refreshing: all of the pictures show the families doing activities that any family might do. Oh The Things Mommies Do!: What Could Be Better Than Having Two? strikes a nice balance by celebrating the uniqueness of two-mom families without emphasizing the otherness. Highly recommended. –AfterEllen.com
That leaves me to only add that I also HIGHLY recommend this book for the tots in your life that are at the story reading stage.